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Mario Seminara, Registered Sanitarian

Food Safety Works LLC

(720) 681-1615

Professional Work History

2020 - Present            Trainer/Consultant 

                                       Paster Training, Inc. (

2020 - Present            Contractor/Instructor

                                       International Food Protection Training Institute (

2020 - Present            Co-Chair, Retail-Foodservice Food Safety Consortium 


2019 - Present             Consultant/Trainer, Food Safety Works LLC, Sole Proprietor




2019 - Present             Contractor Instructor

                                       National Environmental Health Association (NEHA), Denver, CO



2019 - Present             Contractor Instructor

                                       Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO), York, PA



2002 - 2019                 Retail Food Specialist Emeritus

                                       U. S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), Denver, CO


2000 - 2002                 Manager, Environmental and Consumer Health Unit

                                        Health and Human Services Department, Austin, TX


1993 - 2000                 Assistant Director                                            

                                       Branch Chief, Compliance and Enforcement 

                                       State Training Officer

                                       Retail Food Division, Texas Department of Health, Austin, TX

Professional Credentials

2019                                ServSafe® Instructor Certification

2018                                Food Safety Training for Colorado Cottage Food Producers, Colorado

                                         State University Extension

2017                                Preventive Controls Qualified Individual (PCQI)

2017                                Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP)

2006                               Epi-Ready Team Training Workshop, NEHA

1990                                Registered Professional Sanitarian

                                         Texas Department of Licensing and Registration

Professional Memberships

2018 - Present              National Environmental Health Association (NEHA)

2010 - Present              Association of Food and Drug Officials (AFDO)

1996 - Present              Conference for Food Protection (CFP)

Committee/Workgroup Memberships

2015 - Present              FDA Retail Curriculum Alignment Project – FDA Office of Training,

                                        Education and Development (OTED) and International Food Program

                                        Training Institute (IFPTI)

2016  - 2018                  Conference for Food Protection – Special Process Controls Committee

2006 - 2019                  FDA Risk Factor Study Workgroup

2004 - 2019                  FDA National Retail Standardization Workgroup, Associate Standard

Leadership Positions Held

2014 - 2018                    National Team Leader, FDA Retail Food Specialists

2014 - 2018                    FDA National Retail Food Team Steering Committee

2008 - 2017                   FDA National Special Security Events (NSSE), Strike Team Leader

                                         2017 Presidential Inauguration, Washington, D.C.

                                         2016 Nuclear Security Summit, Washington, D.C.

                                         2014 African Leaders Summit, Washington, D.C.

                                         2012 NATO Summit, Chicago, IL

                                         2008 Democratic National Convention, Denver, CO

1996 - 2002                   Conference for Food Protection, Council III Councilor, Vice-Chair

FDA Disaster Response Deployments

2008                               Hurricanes Gustav and Ike, LA and TX

2008                               City of Alamosa, CO, Contaminated Public Water System

2005                               Hurricane Katrina and Rita, LA and TX

FDA Courses, Member, Instructor Cadre

FDA FD112                    FDA Food Code

FDA FD204                   Temporary Events

FDA FD207                   Plan Review for Retail Food Establishments

FDA FD215                   Managing Retail Food Safety

FDA FD218                   Risk-based Inspections of Retail Food Establishments

FDA FD312                   Special Processes at Retail

Professional Awards

2019                                Team Leader, FDA Retail Food Specialist Team

2019                                Certificate of Appreciation, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA

2018                                Arthur Williamson Award, Wyoming Environmental Health Association

2015                                Group Recognition, 2014 U.S. & African Leaders Summit on Food Protection Team, FDA

2014                                Group Recognition (Crosscutting), 2013 Presidential Inauguration Food Protection Team, FDA

2010                                Group Recognition, Employee Health and Personal Hygiene Handbook Workgroup, FDA

2009                                Excellence in Agriculture, Outstanding Service, Consumer Health Services,

                                          Wyoming Department of Agriculture

2009                                Group Recognition, National Political Security Events Workgroup, FDA

2009                                Group Recognition, Alamosa, CO, Salmonella Response Team, FDA

2009                                Group Recognition, Hurricane Gustav Retail Recovery and Response Team, FDA

2009                                Group Recognition, FY2008 Special Event Food Safety & Defense Team, FDA

2009                                Group Recognition, 2008 Democratic and Republican National Conventions Food

                                          Protection Team, FDA

2008                                Group Recognition, Revitalizing ORA: Protecting the Public Health Together in a

                                          Changing World Group, FDA

2008                                 Leveraging Collaboration, Retail and Food Service Group, FDA

2008                                Certificate of Appreciation, ASPR Response Team, Colorado Department of

                                          Public Health and Environment

2007                                 Leveraging Collaboration, FDA National Retail Food Team

2006                                Commissioner’s Special Citation, Hurricanes Katrina/Rita Response Team, FDA

2005                                Lynn Thatcher Award, Utah Environmental Health Association

2005                                Team Award, Food Code Writer’s Group, Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, FDA

2004                                Team Award, FDA Report on the Occurrence of Foodborne Illness Risk Factors, FDA

2004                               Group Recognition Award, National Retail Food HACCP Working Group, FDA

2003                               Leveraging/Collaboration, National Retail Food Program Team, FDA



Texas A&M University                             Graduate Studies

College Station, TX                                   Bachelor of Science           

                                                                      Animal Science, Science Option

State University of New York                 Associate of Applied Science

Farmingdale, New York                          Animal Science

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